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Fall Festival: Popular NFM event Friday

October 24, 2012
By ANDREA GALABINSKI ( , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

It is one of the most popular events in North Fort Myers, the annual Fall Festival, expected to be bigger than ever this year.

In the past, it has drawn more than 1,500 people to the costume contest, haunted hayride, safe trick-or-treat and more.

The event is free, and they have great donations for the annual raffle.

The North Fort Myers Community Park always holds its annual festival each year in October the Friday before Halloween at its community center. The event will take place from 6 to 9 p.m.

Now in it 12th year, officials again believe the highlight will be the costume contest, with children in costume (up to 200 this year) receiving a free bag of safe candy after the contest.

Another big part of the event is a Safe Trick-or-Treat around tables set on the grounds and the football field.

Numerous businesses and organizations will have tables with safe candy and promotional items. There will be some treasure hunts and fun activities provided by them.

"The Haunted Hay Ride is the main attraction, said senior recreation specialist James Pittro. "It will be going through our haunted trail. We actually have two tractors this year because it is so popular. We also have a big bounce and inflatable. Too Tall Torie the balloon lady will also be here."

The overall park raffle so far includes gift certificates to local restaurants, tickets to Broadway Palm performances and a lot of services for the home and the car.

"We will also have little shows between the activities including Walter Garcia and his karate instruction and the Littleton Elementary Dance Troupe," Pitro said. "The NFM Red Knights Pop Warner group will be doing concessions for food. They donate sone of their proceeds to the Fall Festival and are one of our major sponsors. They also help out by sending so many volunteers."

"It seems every local organization is having a booth, including the North Fort Myers Rotary, The North Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce, the North Fort Myers Civic Associations and the Women's Auxiliary of the American Legion Post. Both the Rotary and the auxiliary have also given donations towards candy."

"Chick-fil-A is donating food for the volunteers and they will also be sending their mascot here, and have a Plinko game for the kids," said senior recreation specialist Jenniffer Valez. "Perkins is also donating coupons, and they will be having their mascot Kelley the Cookie here."

All Star Lanes has also donated a bunch of games, and the Fort Myers Skatorium has also made donations.

"People are coming all the way from Fort Myers," she said.

"Club Rec, our after school program, will be helping fill the 200 bags of candy this week for children in costume for the festival. The are really excited about it, and are also helping us go through our props and decorations.

"We definitely have been embraced by the community with candy donations and donations in general," she added.



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